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“Peaceful retreat on the edge of Ataco”

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Quinta El Carmen & La Casona
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“Peaceful retreat on the edge of Ataco”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

For the first two days (midweek), we were the only guests. That probably contributes to a very quiet experience. Although we never saw nor heard them, apparently there were others who came up to Ataco on Friday night. The rooms are spread out over a large territory with beautiful surrounding grounds. This is essentially an old colonial house that has been converted into a guest house, with some old-to-very old family pictures and antiques around. We did, by chance, meet the gracious owner the first evening we arrived. The room my wife and I had was fairly large, but sparsely furnished - certainly, we had enough storage space as a big walk-in closet with many shelves. Sitting in one of the common rooms was much more comfortable for quietly reading or using one's laptop. The few staff with whom we came in contact were exceptionally polite and friendly. That does remind me: as none of them speak English, it is good to know some Spanish – the more you know, the more likely you are to get exactly what you wish for breakfast, etc. The manager, Humberto, is exceptionally nice and patient, but he uses expressions, especially including diminutives, that can be initially unclear. Speaking of breakfast, we found the food to be very good but, considering the place is a coffee plantation, the coffee was mediocre. Well, I'm probably too hard, since I prefer a stronger coffee with a touch of milk/cream, and it was rather weak with only a nondairy creamer available.

Note that the inn is a couple hundred meters up the cobble-stoned road exactly opposite the entrance to Ataco. Consequently, we found this to provide a peaceful location about 10 minutes' walk to cafes, etc in town. Take a light if you'll be walking back after dark.

In short, we had good memories staying here and would absolutely choose to stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

I went there with some friends for a Yoga retreat.. The combination of nature's magnificent manifestation, the coziness of the Hacienda style architecture and the practice of yoga made my retreat a heavenly experience!!! The landscaping of the area is breathtaking as you get to witness the Salvadorian mountains and volcanos. The coffee tour and degustation is very informative and nicely conducted. All the outdoors activities that are offered (horseback riding, ATV tours, zip line, etc) allow you to enjoy of this natural paradise at it's best. Ataco, the town nearby, is walking distance. Full of artisans, art-craft shops, coffee house, restaurants & market always staying true to it's colonial style. El Carmen gives you the opportunity to enjoy of it's gardens and relax or if you want to speed up your day a wide variety of activities and tours are available. The staff is very friendly and always ready to help. The rooms / house decoration make you feel really cozy, welcomed and at home.
A great opportunity to disconnect from our hectic lives and to reconnect with peace, nature & ourselves :)

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Quinta El Carmen & La Casona
Address: Km 97 Carretera Sonsonate-Ahuachopan, Concepcion de Ataco 2106, El Salvador
Location: El Salvador > Ahuachapan Department > Concepcion de Ataco
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Concepcion de Ataco
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Quinta El Carmen & La Casona El Salvador/Concepcion De Ataco

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